A dear friend of mine told me that apparently it’s my year this year. At least if we’re talking about Chinese zodiac that is. I’ve never been very into this sort of thing but after proving her point over and over again I’m starting to suspect that there might be more truth in this than I previously thought. Another lovely friend told us both, after hearing our conversation, that you’re allegedly supposed to be wearing something red during this time to protect you from various things (don’t even ask because I have no idea…). As you probably can tell I bought into this (literally) and in my handbag you’ll now find a few new, red, accessories. Let’s hope that this works!
This past week has been crazy amazing and more exhausting than most others – in the most positive way possible of course. During the last couple of days on the French Riviera I spent my time at Hotel Martinez, photographing for Elie Saab and their online publication The Light of Now and I thought I’d share a couple of photos from this. I’ve been to Cannes many times before but never during the film festival, which proved to make this little city more crowded than I’ve ever seen it before (and I’ve been in August after all). The entrance of our hotel was surrounded by tourists and photographers at all times who were all trying to get a little glimpse of the glitterati leaving to walk down the red carpet, the roads were blocked and people hanging out along the beach just chatting. I passed Naomi Watts, almost walked into Julianne Moore, stood next to the beautiful Karlie Kloss and shared the ladies room together with Isabella Rossellini one evening – not too shabby if you ask me.
Most of my time shooting for Elie Saab was spent in a sea of beautiful couture gowns and other elaborate creations. My favourite moment might have been to get up and close with Naomi’s incredible red carpet frock, which made my jaw drop completely. It was so interesting seeing how a dress like this is put together and hearing the story behind it. I was also introduced to Elie Saab‘s new couture fragrances while there that I’ve never had the chance to see before. After a morning of smelling gardenia, orange flower, rose oils and other key ingredients from these perfumes I was most likely floating around among pink, perfume scented clouds before I realised that I had to leave to catch my flight back to Paris. My time in Cannes was way too short but I guess that just means that I have to come back very soon again? Although it might be hard to top this experience…
As you might have seen if you follow along on Instagram, I’m currently in Cannes and have been for the last couple of days. Why? I flew down to photograph the Dior Cruise collection show that took place at the incredible Le Palais Bulles along the French Riviera this Monday. I could pretty much go on and on about this surreal and incredible experience but I won’t bore you too much. To sum things up: it was unbelievable and I’m so happy I got to experience it. For three days the guests played pétanque, had lunch in the midst of the French hills, attended the runway show which was followed by the most extravagant fireworks I’ve ever seen and enjoyed brunch (along with Dior ice cream!) the day after. I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming it all… For more updates you can follow along on Instagram.
Picnics by the Seine, pretty pink blossoms, Parisian streets and my favourite suite at the Plaza decorated in greys and pinks. I think I feel the most at home among a sea of beautiful blossoms, my metro view on my way to a job the other day, organising little bags and trinkets at home and the magical Parc de Sceaux right before our sunset picnic. Broccoli yumminess at Ellsworth, Jardin des Plantes, a morning stroll along the river and favourite things from Dior.
My favourite sight is seeing the light come streaming in through my windows and lighting up the whole apartment. I love working from home with my windows open and looking out over the street below. Although it can be hard to keep my bum on the seat instead of wandering off to admire the pretty view or calling friends to meet up for a glass of wine on one of the terraces in the neighbourhood instead…
• All the red carpet looks from the Met Gala earlier this week by Style.com.
• Thank you to Flaunt Magazine for mentioning my work.
• “What if the Disney princesses wore Marchesa?” by Vogue.com.
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Pretty petals in Jardin des Plantes that came just as fast as they were gone… Welcoming spring in this park has become somewhat of a tradition by now and it has to be one of my favourites. I can’t wait to show you what I shot among these beautiful flowers as well (although you might already know if you follow along on Instagram).
If you ignore the last couple of days (which have been absolutely disgusting, grey and rainy) the weather in April was pretty amazing. That would also be the most honest explanation as to why I haven’t been updating more over here… As soon as the sun comes out my mind immediately thinks “coffee!”, “wine!” or “picnics!” and I usually end up dragging my friends along for one of these options on a sunny Parisian terrace or a to find a little spot along the Seine. To be fair, I think this is how spring days in Paris should be spent but unfortunately this means that I put emails and other computer work aside. Here are a few snapshots from Instagram explaining these last couple of weeks quite well!
Sunglasses: Lanvin DeRigo Eyewear Collection
So today I’m taking you for a little walk around Paris to see some of my favourite places in this city, through the eyes (quite literally this time) of Lanvin. For the second story I created for the brand and their new sunglasses collection together with DeRigo (you can find my first one right here) I wanted it to be all about Paris, these beautiful Lanvin shapes and where I would enjoy a sunny day if I could have my pick. Pont Louis-Philippe, Jardin du Palais-Royal, Pont Alexandre III, Le Marais and Place des Vosges are just a few of the spots I’ve been hitting up when we’ve been lucky enough to have blue skies and sunny weather during the last couple of weeks (please ignore the weather forecast for today and the rest of this week when reading this…). I’ve actually managed to avoid a throbbing headache (and maybe even a few wrinkles?!) from frowning all day long thanks to these shades – especially the “love” ones that I can’t seem to stop wearing. Another big thanks to my darling Katie who helped me hold all of these beauties (you should have seen all of the strange and compromising positions we did to get the right shots) while I photographed them all around the city. Let’s cross both fingers and toes for more sunny weather and blue skies so that I can take these babies out for another Parisian stroll soon again!
I always get a bunch of emails and questions about where to eat while in Paris, so I thought I’d make it easier for both you and me by digging up a few Instagram photos and share a couple of options when it comes to having a good meal in this city that you might want to take a closer look at. This is just a handful of places (all good for different reasons). I’ll try to make this a regular little post since it’s both helpful and delicious and since new restaurants pop up every now and then. Bon appétit!